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alarm

noun
variants: also

alarum

Synonyms and Antonyms of alarm

  1. 1 suspicion or fear of future harm or misfortune observed with alarm the man staggering toward the edge of the cliff Synonyms of alarm apprehension (also alarum), apprehensiveness, dread, foreboding, misgivingWords Related to alarm agitation, anxiety, anxiousness, concern, disquiet, disquietude, distress, disturbance, fearfulness, funk, perturbation, solicitude, suspense, unease, uneasiness; scruple, worry; doubt, incertitude, mistrust, suspiciousness, uncertainty, wariness; defeatism, pessimism; foreknowledge, premonition, presage, presentimentNear Antonyms of alarm anticipation, excitement, hope, hopefulness; confidence, optimism, sanguinity

  2. 2 the act or an instance of telling beforehand of danger or risk in a daring midnight ride Paul Revere gave the alarm that British troops were approaching Synonyms of alarm admonishment, admonition, warning (also alarum), alert, caution, forewarning, heads-up, noticeWords Related to alarm auguring, augury, forecasting, foretelling, predicting, prediction, premonition, presaging, prognosticating, prophecy (also prophesy), prophesying; apprising, informing, notification, notifying, tip-off; advice, counsel, guidance, recommendation, suggestion, tip; announcement, declaration

  3. 3 the emotion experienced in the presence or threat of danger filled with alarm when the flood waters reached their front steps Synonyms of alarm fear (also alarum), anxiety, dread, fearfulness, fright, horror, panic, scare, terror, trepidationWords Related to alarm phobia; creeps, jitters, nervousness, willies; pang, qualm, twinge; agitation, apprehension, consternation, discomposure, disquiet, funk, perturbation; concern, dismay, worry; cowardice, faintheartedness, timidity, timorousnessNear Antonyms of alarm aplomb, assurance, boldness, confidence, self-assurance, self-confidence; bravery, courage, courageousness, daring, dauntlessness, doughtiness, fearlessness, fortitude, gallantry, hardihood, intrepidity, intrepidness, stoutness, valor; audacity, guts, nerve

Synonym Discussion of alarm

fear, dread, fright, alarm, panic, terror, trepidation mean painful agitation in the presence or anticipation of danger. fear is the most general term and implies anxiety and usually loss of courage.
    • fear of the unknown
dread usually adds the idea of intense reluctance to face or meet a person or situation and suggests aversion as well as anxiety.
    • faced the meeting with dread
fright implies the shock of sudden, startling fear.
    • fright at being awakened suddenly
alarm suggests a sudden and intense awareness of immediate danger.
    • view the situation with alarm
panic implies unreasoning and overmastering fear causing hysterical activity.
    • the news caused widespread panic
terror implies the most extreme degree of fear.
    • immobilized with terror
trepidation adds to dread the implications of timidity, trembling, and hesitation.
    • raised the subject with trepidation

alarm

verb
variants: also

alarum

Synonyms and Antonyms of alarm

  1. 1 to strike with fear I don't want to alarm you, but I think you should know there's a bear on your back porch Synonyms of alarm affright, frighten (also alarum), fright, horrify, panic, scare, scarify, shock, spook, startle, terrify, terrorizeWords Related to alarm appall (also appal), bowl over, dismay, floor, jolt, shake, shake up; amaze, astound, awe; chill, daunt, demoralize, dispirit, emasculate, psych (out), undo, unman, unnerve, unstring; discomfort, discompose, disconcert, disquiet, distract, distress, disturb, perturb, unsettle, upset, worryNear Antonyms of alarm assure, cheer, comfort, console, solace, soothe; embolden, encourage, hearten, inspire, steelAntonyms of alarm reassure

  2. 2 to trouble the mind of; to make uneasy alarmed at the skyrocketing cost of home heating fuel Synonyms of alarm agitate, ail, disturb (also alarum), bother, concern, derail, discomfort, discompose, dismay, disquiet, distemper, distract, distress, exercise, flurry, frazzle, freak (out), fuss, hagride, perturb, undo, unhinge, unsettle, upset, weird out, worryWords Related to alarm aggravate, anger, annoy, bug, chafe, chivy (or chivvy), exasperate, fret, gall, get, grate, harass, harry, irk, irritate, nettle, peeve, pester, pique, put off, put out, rile, vex; bedevil, haunt, plague; abash, confound, confuse, discomfit, disconcert, discountenance, embarrass, faze, fluster, jar, mortify, nonplus, rattle, shake up; daunt, demoralize, discourage, dishearten, dispirit, unnerveNear Antonyms of alarm allay, alleviate, assuage; appease, conciliate, mollify, pacify, placate, propitiateAntonyms of alarm calm, compose, quiet, settle, soothe, tranquilize (also tranquillize)



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